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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Manny Pacquiao Knocked out Morales

Manny Pacquiao won!!!

Manny Pacquiao


Here is the report from Las Vegas :

Manny Pacquiao finished this trilogy with the flair befitting a movie star, knocking down Erik Morales three times on the way to a third-round knockout victory Saturday night in the super featherweights' third meeting in 20 months.

Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33 KOs), the Filipino phenomenon known for his excesses of punching power and courage, dominated Mexico's Morales (48-5) in a fight that was every bit as thrilling as their first two meetings — even if it didn't last nearly as long.


Saturday, July 29, 2006

Charo Ronquillo-Supermodel

Charo Ronquillo is a Filipina who placed second runner up in the prestigious search for Supermodel.

The interviewer prepared an inrerview form that was meant for a FILAM.

Here is the news:

MANILA -- The piece of paper with all the questions—prepared and emailed a day before the interview—had become nothing more than a table ornament. It lay there untouched mostly because the questions were all wrong.

The interview subject was expected to be FilAm. But Charo Ronquillo, second runner-up in the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World Search 2006 was not FilAm. The first ever Asian to land in the top 3 of the most prestigious modeling event in the world is, in fact, pure Filipino.

Apart from Charo's gorgeous complexion and raven-colored tresses, she proved this with the first words that came out of her mouth, when asked why she believes she won.

"Because I prayed to God, and He gave this to me," she declared in Tagalog—her eyes soft, her tone simple.

Her second statement, on how her parents reacted to her remarkable victory, was the only other confirmation needed. "They didn't believe me. When I texted them that I won, their answer was, 'Nagsisinungaling ka, ano?'"

There you have it. The dusky 18-year old from Cabuyao, Laguna was everything her stunning photographs evoked and nothing your archetypal beliefs about models assumed.

Anna Bayle is acknowledged to be the first Filipino Supermodel. She rose to fame in the 1970s alongside the likes of Christie Brinkley, Janice Dickinson, and Cheryl Tiegs.

Standing at an unbelievable 5'9, Charo hardly fits your description of 'typical '. But amid a conversation filled with witty self-banter and numerous fits of giggles, you are soon left amazed at how this perfectly structured goddess really just is. She is playful and quiet, soft-spoken and strong, focused and actually very funny.

On the subject of men, she is every inch the reluctant teenager—one part shy, the other simply disinterested. It took her all of five minutes to come up with a vague description of her ideal male. "Gusto ko yung mukhang mayabang -- pero sa totoo mabait." She finally shared after much prodding. By way of explanation, all her booker could offer from the other end of the room was an amused, "Baby pa yan, eh!"

You then wonder how such a child---for sitting there, lovely and fragile at a 110 pounds, you can't help but perceive her as one -- survives the frenzy, the fervor, the all-out cattiness of the catwalk industry that she is now at the very core of.

Charo was discovered shooting hoops at an arcade in her local mall, a good one foot above everyone else. Before entering high school she ticked off, "short hair, ugly teeth, tomboyish and always picking a fight," as her main traits. Only when she started paying attention to her looks was the modeling seed lodged. "Mahaba na nu'n ang hair ko," Charo joked in local gayspeak, meaning she was by then feeling beautiful.

She auditioned and landed in the top 60 of Starstruck Batch 2 before she was eliminated, a fact that she jokingly brings up during interviews now with GMA 7.

But the seed had found fertile ground. In 2005, Charo trained herself and joined the Philippine Ford Supermodel Search. The Business Management freshman at the University of Perpetual Help ruled the runway. She won practically every award—including the grand prize: to represent the Philippines for the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World competition in New York. It was her first time out of the country and upon seeing all the other contestants, she remembered being overwhelmed, "Parang lahat sila mas matangkad, tapos mga mukhang Barbie!" She said laughingly. Charo and the finalists from Singapore and India were the only Asians in the whole competition.

Incredibly though, the morena admitted already feeling an unshakeable sense of favor all throughout. It wasn't a case of superiority or conceit, but a succession of signs---more spiritual than superstitious, that relaxed her. She told of one particularly moving incident inside the church she visited daily while in New York. An American man she didn't know suddenly approached her, she recalled. "He looked at me and said very simply, 'You are so beautiful. You have Jesus in your heart.' I couldn't help crying after that."

By faith or by fate, it was our graceful stunner who sashayed home with a hundred thousand dollar modeling contract from the world's most prestigious fashion agency.

Charo will soon be based in New York, a move the independent youngster is more excited than anxious of. She's had to stop schooling for now, but she adamantly vowed that even at 35 years old she will continue her studies and graduate.

Already dubbed the Asian Kate Moss, it seems the bounty for this maiden is only just beginning. But she is secure in yet another promise, that no matter how far her career takes her, she will remain humble.

And with God obviously for and the standard model's archetype against Charo Ronquillo, this is almost unquestionable--- both success and humility is certain for this beautiful, 100 percent Filipino girl.

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Friday, July 28, 2006


This Filipino American member of the popular hip-hop group "Black Eyed Peas received a presidential award for his contribution to the music industry and to the Filipino heritage.

THE FILIPINO-AMERICAN member of the popular American hip-hop group "Black Eyed Peas" brought the "House" down yesterday after being conferred a presidential award for his accomplishments in the music industry.
The news about Allan:

Pinoy 'Pea' brings 'House' down

By Christine Avendaño

In Malacañang, which he referred to as the "House" at one point, Black Eyed Peas member Allen Pineda Lindo a.k.a. not only wowed the audience with his dance moves and trendy songs but also with his fellow band member's testimonial on how much he loved the Philippines.

Longing for home

Group member and long time friend of Pineda's, William James Adams, a.k.a., said he once saw him crying because he missed his home country.

Pineda, who is of Filipino-African-American descent, was given up for adoption and brought to the United States.

Presidential Merit Award

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita presented the award on behalf of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was down with the flu and had to cancel her appointments yesterday.

"Not only have you come back home but you brought the Philippines to the whole world," Ermita told Pineda shortly after conferring on him the Presidential Medal of Merit and before the pair performed their popular hit songs "The Apl Song" and "Bebot."

In the 'House'

"I'm in the House and you know I got to see the people she (President) works with and the dedication these guys have," said Pineda.

Big dream

"This was a big dream for me and it feels good to be embraced," he also told reporters.

He said he never thought he would be able to do the kind of music he does today and also meet President Arroyo.

Ermita marvelled at Pineda's achievements, and said the latter set a good example for Filipinos.

"He has succeeded (in his field) and I even heard he is a multimillionarie," Ermita said.

"This is something we should thank President Arroyo for because she recognizes the Filipino talent from whatever kind or way of life he comes from."

Friday, June 23, 2006

MARSHA GARCES WILLIAMS-Finnipino Wife or Robin Williams

She was the nanny of the eldest son of Robin Williams in his first wife. Their love story created a scandal in 1988 that could have been a movie hit except that they were scorned especially when she produced ROBIN WILLIAMS' Mrs. Doubtfire. It was a monster hit for their movie outfit. Marsha, the daughter of the late Leon Pantaleon Garces from the Philippines to a Finnish wife is living happily with the Cecille Demille awardee Robin Williams with their two children in California.

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Janet Susan R. Nepales, Jun 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES – “If I had a choice to erase from my life something, I would leave all the memories of my children…even the memories when they misbehave because it is still extraordinary.”

That was funny man Robin Williams talking.

One thing the quick witted, Academy Award-winning actor and comedian takes seriously is fatherhood. In fact, he admitted that one of the reasons that made him stop drinking was his children.

He revealed, “I stopped drinking when I had children because I wanted to be awake and aware. I did not want to be going, you know, daddy loves you and then drop my head on the table. I do not want to miss anything that they do or say. It is important to me. You are pretty much on drugs anyway when you have a kid. You are awake. You are covered in shit. It is okay, you know (laughter). Once you have a baby, you meet the most paranoid people on the planet. The baby! Oh, it is on her breast! (laughter). And that is why I stopped drinking right away.”

Robin, who received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last year’s Golden Globes or the lifetime achievement award, is the father of three children. He has Zachary Williams, 23, with first wife Valerie Velardi and has Zelda, 17, and Cody Alan, 14, both with his current Filipino wife Marsha Garces Williams (his former nanny-turned personal assistant-turned wife-turned producer).

Currently filming “Mrs. Doubtfire 2” and “Night at the Museum” where he will be appearing as Theodore Roosevelt, Robin simply described his wife as “Finnipino because she is half Finnish and half Filipino.”

He revealed, “Her dad is Filipino and her mom is Finnish.
You get some interesting dishes with that combination like lechon with white fish…interesting flavors.”

According to Robin, “Marsha’s father, Leon Pantaleon Garces came from the Philippines and went to the States. He joined the Navy but he was not a naturalized citizen. She has not been to the Philippines since she went back with her father that was 17 years ago. I have not been there with her.”

Of his three children, his daughter Zelda has inherited his love for acting. In fact, she has already appeared in a movie with him in the David Duchovny-directed movie, “House of D.”

Robin described his daughter, “She was so good in the movie ‘House of D.’ She was so instinctual. I was playing a character that was mentally challenged. I am kind of sitting there watching her and at the same time saying, she is good. She has the same kind of mental quickness but she is also sensitive. The greatest compliment of all was that she was not only a good actress; she was also kind to people. She treated all the other kids well. She ate lunch with everybody. She did not have an attitude with them and was decent with all the crew. People said, ‘Your daughter is good but she is also nice.’ That is kind of the double bill.”

Of his eldest son Zach, he said, “I am so proud of him. He has a degree in Linguistics and wants to study to be a lawyer.”

As for his youngest, Cody, he revealed, “He is like a Ninja poet. He is the kid who writes dark poetry. He is 14 but he is part homeboy.”

Robin, who was an only child of Robert (a car salesperson) and Laurie (a homemaker) Williams, usually was left playing alone so he started imitating different voices to entertain himself.

He pointed out that it was his mother “who was my strongest believer and supporter to become an actor. She gave me the seed that performing is something good.”

He also noted, “I got my quick wit from my mom. She was very quick but I think that came as more of a defense mechanism developed to fire back.”

As for his dad, he recalled, “My father had a dream and he lost it because his family went from having money to losing it all since he grew up during the Depression, World War II. So he had to go work in a mine and leave college. I think he wanted me to do better than that. We came from a generation of people who were raised by parents who said you could do better. Come on. Pursue that. Do this and that. So I am thankful my dad did that.”

Robin, who just turned 55 last July 21, confessed, “I don’t really think about old age. I acknowledge that at a certain age, there are things that all of a sudden you start to realize I did not hear that. Or, you have a senior moment where you go, what is my name? Oh Robin. Yeah right.”

He admitted that what really scares him right now is realizing that he is losing friends like former “Superman” actor, Christopher Reeve (who was Robin’s former classmate in drama at Juilliard) and other people. He pointed out, “All of a sudden, they are dying off.”

He shared, “Marsha and I are both orphans now. When my parents died, I never thought they would. My mother was so full of life. The next thing you know, she is a husk. My father too – he almost died and was like brought back to life and he said why did you do that.”

As for his own eulogy, he said, “I have not thought about it but when I die, just dance on my grave and water the plants with what you are drinking. Please do not clone me because after a while your clone is not as bright as you are.”

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The Lord and Lady of the House-Pinoys in United Kingdom

Aurea and Alfonso Taguiang share the same honor with those British entertainment luminaries such Sean Connery and Diana Rigg, that is to be addressed Sir and Lady.

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Filipina served at Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday lunch
June 22, 2006 Updated 08:06pm (Mla time)

GUESS who was at the 80th birthday lunch of Queen Elizabeth II last week?
Apart from royalty and other dignitaries, a Filipina met with the British monarch for the second time. She is Lady Aurea Taguiang.
The native of Malasiqui, Pangasinan, Taguiang is the lead waitress at Mansion House, official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. She served the Queen once before, when the British visited Mansion House in 1999, according to information from the British embassy in Manila.
Last May, when Lord Mayor David Brewer visited the country, he told reporters that Taguiang would again have the honor to serve the Queen during her birthday lunch on June 15.

Taguiang and her husband Alfonso earned the titles Sir and Lady in 1998. They were granted the honor of becoming Freemen of the City of London by act of the Lord Mayor and the Court of Common Council in one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today; the first one is believed to have been presented in 1237.
According to the British embassy, the medieval term "freeman" means someone who was not the property of a feudal lord, but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers protected by the charter of their town or city were often free. The titles came 12 years after Taguiang earned a post in the prestigious Mansion House in 1986; there, she has become a favorite of Lord Mayors.
As lead waitress at Mansion House, she has served Lord Mayors of London and their guests for 20 years, during which she has waited upon international leaders such as Nelson Mandela, King Hussein of Jordan, and our very own President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. She has also served notable Britons Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.

According to an article from the British embassy, last week's event stands out as extraordinary for the Filipina. "It is my greatest honor to serve the Queen. It had been my dream as a child," she said, recalling singing rhymes about the Queen as a young girl.

Taguiang is a senior member of the Mansion House wait staff. "The key to my success is my loyalty and my dedication to the job," she says of her 20 years on the job.
Like many Filipinos, Taguiang and her husband went abroad to look for greener pastures. In 1975, they moved to England and entered the catering industry in the hope of providing better education for their six children.
According to information provided by the embassy, the couple made the difficult decision to temporarily leave their children in the Philippines, including the youngest, who was only 11 months old at the time. When they gained solid financial footing, the Taguiangs eventually brought their four youngest children to England; the two oldest are pursuing careers in the Philippines and Canada.

Though her job involves long hours and difficult labor, Taguiang says she thoroughly enjoys her work. "After working for some time, it becomes a pleasure; it becomes a passion to serve," she says.

Taguiang considers herself a loyal subject of the Queen, but she has never forgotten her native land. In her spare time, Taguiang organizes tours for Filipinos visiting England. Her husband Alfonso is a lifetime member of the Order of the Knights of Dr. Jose Rizal.

In this capacity, Sir and Lady Taguiang continue to honor the Philippines with their charitable work.